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Beware: Hustlers in Ortigas Centre (back of Megmall)

boy_banoboy_bano Member PEx Rookie ⭐
Just this morning I was walking from Emerald avenue to Megamall to pay some bills.

While walking the part of the old Benguet/BDO center, back of Podium, which is now a parking a lot.. someone shouted at me saying, "oy chong kamusta!" then walked towards me. He was in his barangay liga jersey and denim jeans, age probably being in his early 30's. He managed to strike a conversation saying:

him: Sir kamusta na hindi nyo ako nakikilala? Saan na po kayo ngayon?
me: uhmm.. dito na ko ngayon sa Makati. Sorry hindi ko maalala. Saan ka nga ba ulit?

him: Medyo matagal na nga. Halos 10 taon na rin. Pero sir dun tayo sa ano dati. Ako yung janitor niyo sa..
me: (calculating..backtracking employment history trying to recall) ah sa bangko. Ah oh naalala kita! (kahit hindi).. Kamusta na? Si Jeff na lang natira dun ah!

him: Onga raw sir si Jeff na la nga raw natira dun. Ako nga medyo namalas, namatay kasi misis ko huling araw na ngayon bago iburol. Papunta ako ngayon palengke ng Pasig para bumili ng biskwit at inumin.
me: (trying to emphatize and make the conversation lighter)

him: Sir baka naman may 200 kayo dyan? Baka pwede makahingi ng tulong pambili lang ng biskwit.
me: Bad timing kakabayad ko lang ng credit card, papunta lang ako ngayon Megamall may lalakarin lang.

him: Sige na sir... kasi.. (etc.)
me: Kelan ba burol, baka matawagan ko si Jeff, daan kami dyan mamaya.
him: Hindi, mamaya na yung burol. Papunta lang talaga ko ng palengke ng Pasig. Baka po pwede makahingi ng tulong.

At this point I literally had no money. I just paid my credit card and showed him the receipt. Before the conversation went south I tried ending it and said my respects. Then I continued walking to Megamall.

I tried reviewing what just happened and 2 things didn't connect-

1. If he was on his way to palengke ng Pasig his way should be taking the crossing/shaw jeepney route. It doesn't make sense that he'll be walking through Home Depot.. Valle Verde.. C5.. Eagle Avenue.. to reach the Pasig market.

2. I had no recollection of him at all. I wasn't familiar with the cleaning crew years before. Even up to now hindi ko trinotropa yng mga guards or maintenance crew sa office.

Our conversation sounded like he was phishing for company names and friends na pwede niya gamitin.. then transition it sa pag hingi ng tulong. Amazing. This guy had the confidence to look me in the way, trying to get teary eyed while telling me his predicament... then ask me for money.

Fortunately, I don't carry cash. Only my beloved credit card. Nice try, no cigar.

To everyone who frequents walking along the Ortigas Centre. Be alert for hustlers like these. They will try to strike up a conversation with you, cry their hearts out telling you of their misfortune, then ask you for money.

Please be cautious. Thanks.
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  • wilddogzwilddogz Member PExer
    Ano ka ba sa bangko janitor din para tawagin niyang chong? Kung dati siyang janitor at ikaw may credit card dapat ang tawag sayo Sir, Ma'am, Boss.
  • MrKupidoMrKupido Banned by Admin PExer
    Andami ng gag0 talaga sa mundo. :bop: ingats
  • istarbaksistarbaks Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    baka sya si mr. chong...
  • AkeenatorAkeenator #PalipadBuhok PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    sakto sa pangalan ni TS :lol:
  • Chino_EraskiChino_Eraski Member PExer
    nangyari na 'to sa akin, nung minsang pumunta ako ng farmers plaza sa cubao para ihatid kapatid ko.

    pauwi na ako. nagtetext ako habang paakyat ng hagdanan, sabay may bigla nalang may nangamusta sa akin, kumusta na daw ako, tapos tanong niya kung dito pa rin daw ako farmers nag wowork. nagulat ako. grabe, sa loob loob ko first time ko nga dito pumunta eh.

    sabi ko, huh? sino ka? hindi kita kilala. eh, hindi ko naman talaga kilala. kaya medyo sarcastic yung dating ng tanong ko. sabay, sabi niya, sige, dito na ako.

    natakot talaga ako, yung itsura ng manong, mukhang hindi gagawa ng mabuti sa kapwa. dala ko pa naman lahat ng gadgets sa bag ko at kaunting cash. :lol:
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    it is no different from those old lady or teenage kids doing .....

    " .... pwede pong magtanong, pwede poh makahingi ng pamasahe pauwi sa bicol or laguna MO."





    did you know that right across the street an Ortigas security vehicle is often parked infront of el pueblo? sayang you could have the guy arrested.
  • aklanarcheraklanarcher Twitter: aklanarcher PExer
    Nadali na ako ng humihingi ng pamasahe. Another one naman ganyan approach tapos pag titigan mo siya sabi Sir hindi ho ako masamang tao.
  • kcwill80kcwill80 Member PExer
    It's a common scam. I was approached by one a few years ago. Someone yelled "hoy!" at me, waved his arm, smiled, and walked towards me. He pretend to know me. Fortunately, I've already read something like this on the net. I knew what he was up to. I just walked to the nearest bank and hid there for a while.
  • balthierbalthier Your idol is a has been PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    This is still happening at hindi lang sa megamall area. Nakakabilib din naman ang mga gumagawa nitong scam na talagang ina-alam nila ang history nung bibiktimahin nila at mag drop pa ng names para lang mag mukhang magkakilala sila.

    Ano ito, mga stalker? Alam nila kung sino ka at kung sino kapatid mo, saan ka nakatira, etc.

    Hindi na yata tao ang mga ito kundi mga actual na demonyo.
  • kcwill80kcwill80 Member PExer
    balthier wrote: »
    This is still happening at hindi lang sa megamall area. Nakakabilib din naman ang mga gumagawa nitong scam na talagang ina-alam nila ang history nung bibiktimahin nila at mag drop pa ng names para lang mag mukhang magkakilala sila.

    Ano ito, mga stalker? Alam nila kung sino ka at kung sino kapatid mo, saan ka nakatira, etc.

    Hindi na yata tao ang mga ito kundi mga actual na demonyo.

    Actually, they don't know anything about you. What happened to me (or almost happened to me) is similar to the TS story. Read the story again, you'll see that the scammer never revealed any real information. They talk in general, picking up clues from your answers and then use that to make you think you know him. Here's an example:

    scammer: Pare! matagal na kitang hindi nakita!
    victim: *confused* hmmm, oo...
    scammer: parang hindi mo ako makilala hah? kumusta na ang nanay mo?
    victim: magaling na. kalalabas lang ng hospital
    scammer: *picked up the first real info* buti nga, ako ang janitor sa hospital. madalas ko kayo makita dun. Eh si ano, ganun pa din siya? looks at you in the eye....
    victim: si richard? oo, ganun pa din.
    scammer: *picked up the 2nd clue* mabait sa akin si richie, nagbibigay sa akin ng pangtulong... nabilataan mo ang nangyare sa misis ko? kailangan ko ng kaunting tulong...
  • balthierbalthier Your idol is a has been PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    I got this from a friend. A few days ago, while in the mall, a guy approached her and mentioned names from her family and friends as if they were long time friends. She vaguely remember the guy if she was approached in the past by the same guy. He asked for money to pay for something about hospital bills (the usual reason). She was with her nephew and thought that she couldn't be bothered with this so she handed him a hundred peso bill just to get rid of him.

    After reading this thread, I remembered her story so I came to the conclusion that what happened to her was a modus pala, as this is also what she suspects all along. Mga nangangamusta tapos hihingi ng pera pero hindi mo **** sila matandaan or mamukaan kung kilala mo ba talaga sila.
  • Flaxen04Flaxen04 Enzoulken04 PExer
    how about sa mga umaakyat sa bus..claiming..anak nila na rape..at kulang na lang ng 2libo pampalibing..?
  • Flaxen04Flaxen04 Enzoulken04 PExer
    Nadali na ako ng humihingi ng pamasahe. Another one naman ganyan approach tapos pag titigan mo siya sabi Sir hindi ho ako masamang tao.

    i heard that line...sa bus..maangas pa sila..
  • BubblesButtercupBubblesButtercup I Love Holly Golightly!!! PEx Expert 🎖️
    Walang manloloko kung walang magpapaloko.
  • jazzmine22jazzmine22 Non-Member PExer
    thank you for sharing :)
  • MerCruzerMerCruzer Member PExer
    yung ibang tao gumagawa ng dahilan para kumita!... dahil sa hirap ng buhay di nila alam san sila kukuha ng pera!..kaya nagagawa nila mag sinungaling.. nakakaawa sila.. pero dapat gumawa naman sila ng paraan wag naman umasa sa hingi hingi.at limos.. tsk..
  • msbooqmsbooq Member PExer
    ang kakapal ng mukha nila..

    meron naman si manong sa makati siya lumilibot..
    one time me and my friends are having our coffee session sa columns makati and c kuya manong na naka polo,maong na pants and shoes lumapit at ang sabi.."Goodevening po mam favor lang po pwede po ba makahingi ng pamasahe" so sabi namen base sa looks niya na wala kaming pera kea ayun umalis siya kung saan saan namin ** nakikita sa makati at may word pa na "FAVOR"

    dafuq...

    share ko *** po
  • KG21KG21 Twolves 4ever PExer
    msbooq wrote: »
    ang kakapal ng mukha nila..

    meron naman si manong sa makati siya lumilibot..
    one time me and my friends are having our coffee session sa columns makati and c kuya manong na naka polo,maong na pants and shoes lumapit at ang sabi.."Goodevening po mam favor lang po pwede po ba makahingi ng pamasahe" so sabi namen base sa looks niya na wala kaming pera kea ayun umalis siya kung saan saan namin ** nakikita sa makati at may word pa na "FAVOR"

    dafuq...

    share ko *** po

    May motto siguro sa buhay yan na--mas okay na lang ang humingi kesa magnakaw, dba!
  • TARUBIKALABAHTARUBIKALABAH Member PExer
    Next time na may lumapit sa inyo at gagamitan kayo ng ganitong drama, eh unahan kaagad ng ganito....

    Aba! Matagal na nga tayong hindi nagkikita ah.
    Tagal na kitang hinahanap. Kailangan ko na kasi yoong perang hiniram mo eh.
    Kahit isang libo man lang eh mabigay mo sa akin ngayon atsaka na yoong natitira.
  • BubblesButtercupBubblesButtercup I Love Holly Golightly!!! PEx Expert 🎖️
    ^ *okay*

    niloloko mo yung nanloloko sayo.

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